The Israeli parliament has voted down a proposed law to allow homos to have children by surrogacy, upholding their earlier decision to outlaw homo marriage.
According to a report in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Israel’s Knesset rejected a bill “to extend surrogacy to single men and same-sex parents” this week during a preliminary reading in a 49-41 vote. In July, the Knesset passed a surrogacy law that expanded eligibility to single women.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voted against an amendment to include same-sex couples and men, saying it was out of fear that a vote in support would bring down the government.
Four coalition members voted for the legislation: the Likud’s Amir Ohana, who is gay, and Sharren Haskel, head of the “LGBT Knesset caucus,” and Kulanu’s Merav Ben-Ari and Tali Ploskov.
Zionist Union lawmaker Itzik Shmuli, who is a homo, on the Knesset floor called on Netanyahu to “look me in the eye” and “tell me how is it that Yigal Amir can [be a parent] and I can’t?” (Amir, a right wing Jew who assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995 because he was too “left wing,” fathered a child with his wife during a conjugal visit in prison in 2006).
In 2015, the Israeli parliament’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted down a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against “LGBT” people in any way.
“The Freedom of Religion and Conscience Bill” was rejected by a 56 to 21 margin in its preliminary reading in the Knesset.